Port-au-Prince in Haiti, June 23 to June 29, 2012
We Made It!
June 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Today was an adventure, but we arrived safely in Haiti! When our plane touched down, the reality set in that we were about to spend a week serving and loving the people of this country. We made our way through customs, found our bags, and headed out the airport doors to meet the leaders from PPM. From there, we hopped on a bus, and headed straight for Life is Hope orphanage. The look on the kids faces when we walked through the doors is something we will never forget. They came running to us with open arms wanting to be picked up and loved. We spent a couple hours holding them, playing games, and singing songs. We then got back on the bus and headed to our lodging location to settle in and get some food. We are now tucked in to our beds, and about to enjoy our first night of sleep here in Haiti. Tomorrow, we will have the opportunity to Worship with our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ. We will then head off to the new orphanage property and end the day back at Life is Hope with the kids again. Thank you for your prayers! We have made it and are so excited to be here!
June 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Today we had the amazing opportunity to worship with our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ. It is an experience that we will never forget. Two groups of people, from two different countries, united in worship, to the one true God. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, we could see the passion for the Lord in the eyes of the Haitians we worshipped with. Following our worship service, we grabbed a quick lunch, and headed out to Life is Hope Orphanage. The kids were jumping up and down in excitement when we arrived! It gave us great joy to spend time with them for the short couple hours we had. Before ending the day, we traveled to the location where the new orphanage is being built. We were amazed at the beauty of the property and its surroundings. We took some time to pray over the property and the future that it holds. Tomorrow, we will begin work on the wall that will surround the property. We will also spend the afternoon at Life is Hope loving on the kids once again. Thank you all for your prayers!
The Beginning of the Wall.
June 25, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Today we woke up to another beautiful Haitian sunrise. The natural beauty of Haiti is more than we expected. The beauty is evident in the towering mountains, coconut trees, and of course the people. We headed out to the new orphanage property right away this morning to begin the wall. We started off by distributing the 1,000 blocks that had been piled near the entrance. We stacked them near each section of the wall so that they could be easily accessible to the workers. While we were doing this, some of us broke off to assist the workers in actually laying the block. Slowly, sections of wall began to go up. It’s exciting to be a part of this beginning stage. After a few hours of work, another block truck showed up. We unloaded 500 blocks in record time!
June 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Today we woke up to another day in Haiti. Many of us have been sleeping on the roof of the guest house we have been staying at, enjoying the stars and the cool breeze. There's nothing like a night under the stars in Haiti.
Working on the wall.
June 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
We are half done with this section of the wall.
Lining up for food!
June 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The kids were so good as they waited patiently for food!
Another great day!
June 27, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Today was yet another wonderful day in Haiti. We are enjoying our time here so much, and we can't believe that it's almost over. Today we spent the first half of the day working on the wall at the orphanage property. We passed rocks for the foundation to be continued, and then poured a concrete band that stretched the length of the wall. The band goes down the middle of the wall, and helps to keep it strong. We were excited to finish this project, as it involved many, many buckets and a lot of teamwork.
Goodbyes are hard!
June 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Today was our last full day of dedicated ministry to the Life is Hope property and to the children of Life is Hope. We started off the day by heading out to the property to finish the wall section we started. We can happily say that the block is up! After completing our goal, we said our goodbyes and prayed with the workers. We will never forget them! We then headed off to the lodging location to get some food, before heading off to Life is Hope one last time. We spent 3 hours loving on the kids, and then brought them together to sing and pray with them. We then began our goodbyes as the tears started to flow. We will never forget these children and the joy that they have brought us. Even though we wished to stay longer to love on the children, it was time to go. We waved goodbye and got on the bus.
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